The Underground Rail Road: A Record Of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating The Hardships, Hair-breadth Escapes, And Death Struggles Of The Slaves In Their Efforts for Freedom ...

By: Still, William

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Frontispiece portrait and 23 other plates, plus text illustrations. iv, 780 pages. Publisher's green, panelled cloth with gilt tiles and decorations. This is the first edition of this monumental study, made all the more valuable as it was written by one of the most active conductors on the Railroad, and written shortly after the Civil War and emancipation. The book was sold by subscription with four variant bindings. This binding is listed on the title page as "Paneled Style, full gilt ... 4.50. This copy has essentially light general edge, corner and surface wear with anticipated aging along with some light fading of titles and ornamentation. A former owner, William H. Huff, has signed his name here and there throughout the book. There is also a picture of Daniel in the Lion's Den adhered to the front pastedown and signed in the margin by Huff. It is square and securely bound. This is a very attractive copy of this very uncommon first edition. World Cat locates only four copies of this edition in libraries. Blockson's copy (10178) is the 1883 Revised Edition). Work p. 338. Afro-Americana 9865. William Still came from an amazing family. His father, Levin, had purchased his freedom and his mother, Charity, twice escaped slavery. In her second second, and successful escape, she was forced to leave two older sons behind. One of these sons, Levin, Jr., was eventually beaten to death by his owner; the other, Peter, finally escaped the deep South with his family at age fifty. Peter, by chance, met his much younger brother, William, and was reunited with his mother after 42 years of separation. Many of the Still children and grandchildren became prominent doctors, lawyers, teachers and business people.Before the Civil War William, the youngest son who was born free, moved to Philadelphia and became and joined the Philadelphia Society for Abolition, becoming Chairman of the organization by 1850. His activism in the Society allowed him to help over 800 slaves escape the South. He became known as the "Father of the Underground Railroad. He worked with both Harriet Tubman and John Brown. After the Civil War, Still used his voluminous collection of notes on Underground Railroad activities to write The Underground Rail Road, probably the most important primary source for information on the organization. Still lived until 1902. He had become a very successful businessman but was also a tireless activist for civil rights and full citizenship for African-Americans.; Frontispiece portrait and 23 other plates, plus text illustrations. iv, 780 pages. Publisher's gilt cloth, minor wear; light finger-soiling to first few leaves, otherwise minimal wear to contents. Overall it is VG to VG+. This is the first edition of this monumental study, made all the more valuable as it was written by one of the most active conductors on the Railroad, and written shortly after the Civil War and emancipation. This is a very attractive copy of this very uncommon first edition. World Cat locates only three copies of this edition in libraries. Blockson's copy (10178 is the 1883 Revised Edition). Work p. 338. Afro-Americana 9865. William Still came from an amazing family. His father, Levin, had purchased his freedom and his mother, Charity, twice escaped slavery. In her second second, and successful escape, she was forced to leave two older sons behind. One of these sons, Levin, Jr., was eventually beaten to death by his owner; the other, Peter, finally escaped the deep South with his family at age fifty. Peter, by chance, met his much younger brother, William, and was reunited with his mother after 42 years of separation. Many of the Still children and grandchildren became prominent doctors, lawyers, teachers and business people.Before the Civil War William, the youngest son who was born free, moved to Philadelphia and joined the Philadelphia Society for Abolition, becoming Chairman of the organization by 1850. His activism in the Society allowed him to help over 800 slaves escape the South. He became known as the "Father of the Underground Railroad." He worked with both Harriet Tubman and John Brown. After the Civil War, Still used his voluminous collection of notes on Underground Railroad activities to write The Underground Rail Road, probably the most important primary source for information on the organization. Still lived until 1902. He had become a very successful businessman but was also a tireless activist for civil rights and full citizenship for African-Americans.; 70 B&W Engravings; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 780 pages; sold Ken Pellman 4.25.19

Title: The Underground Rail Road: A Record Of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating The Hardships, Hair-breadth Escapes, And Death Struggles Of The Slaves In Their Efforts for Freedom ...

Author Name: Still, William

Categories: African - American,

Edition: 1st Edition; 1st Printing

Publisher: Philadelphia, Porter & Coates: 1872

Binding: Hardcover

Seller ID: 16793

Keywords: African - American Black Negro Underground Railroad Underground Rail Road Civil War Slavery Civil Rights